KEES has been exclusively retained by Fernwood Botanical
Garden in its search for a Director of
Comprised of 105 acres of gardens and natural areas, Fernwood
Botanical Garden is a special property situated on the beautiful
St. Joseph River in southwest Michigan. Only minutes from
South Bend and the University of Notre Dame and just 90 minutes
from Chicago, Fernwood has been a popular destination for more than
55 years. Fernwood is poised for significant growth over the next
decade with a Master Plan that encompasses not only the garden but
its philanthropic landscape as well.
The Director of Development (DOD) will play an integral role in
raising capital to execute the goals of the Master Plan. The
successful candidate will have the opportunity to cultivate and
expand on a dynamic development program to assist Fernwood in
reaching its envisioned potential with the full support and
encouragement of the Board and Executive Director. The DOD
will identify, renew, and strengthen key relationships for Fernwood
within the community and explore and present compelling
opportunities for interested individuals, foundations, and
corporations to support the organization’s mission and subsequent
outcomes. As the sole development professional for Fernwood, the
DOD will have a strong understanding of all elements of the
development pipeline and will have the freedom to both create and
implement their ideas.
Some specific requirements include:
- A minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in fundraising,
public relations, leadership, and marketing, with the ability to
work collaboratively in small teams.
- Proven ability to build strong relationships with a variety of
stakeholders and leverage those relationships for partnership and
- Familiarity with donor tracking systems, such as Blackbaud’s
CRM product suite.
- Ability to engage with diverse audiences.
- Established track record of increasing revenue through diverse
fundraising streams, e.g., individual giving, grants, corporate
partnerships, planned giving, etc.
- Knowledge of and connections to funding communities in
Michigan’s Berrien, County and South Bend is desirable.
Compensation will be determined based on experience and skills.
Full-time employees are eligible for health, and dental insurance,
generous PTO, sick days, select holidays, a 401(k) plan, and
Fernwood is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, age,
sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital
status, veteran status, or any other occupationally irrelevant
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Garden’s mission is to enrich people's lives by awakening and
deepening their appreciation of nature. The gardens, just 90
minutes from Chicago’s downtown, are located in Berrien County
Michigan, which is famous for its fruit production, wine country,
and lakeshore communities. Fernwood comprises 105 acres of
gardens and natural areas and is a birder’s paradise. The property
features at least 10 unique ecosystems and 36 plant species that
the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has deemed threatened,
endangered, and plants of special concern. Visitors may enjoy
Fernwood’s natural areas with miles of walking and hiking trails,
garden paths that wind throughout special botanical collections,
and a visit to the Sims Education Center for drop-in educational
features and a bird viewing area at the wooded edge of the
preserve. To learn more, please visit www.fernwoodbotanical.org.